The University of Louisville and the International Order of E.A.R.S. will continue the revival of the Corn Island Storytelling Festival Friday, Oct. 11, in the Humanities Quadrangle on Belknap Campus. Top storytellers in the region will be invited to tell tall tales, including some of the scary sort. The Student Activities Board will kick the event off at 5 p.m. with children's activities including pumpkin painting. Storytelling will begin at 7 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Named after Louisville’s first settlement, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival was a nationally known autumn fixture that drew thousands of fans for three decades before ending its run in 2007. Its ghost story nights were particularly popular, filling Long Run Cemetery and other locations for sometimes scary, often funny tales from the grave.
UofL and the festival teamed for the first time last year to attract more than a thousand people to the Belknap campus to listen to a night of yarns.
The International Order of E.A.R.S., founded in 1985, is a 501(c)(3), 100% volunteer-based organization dedicated to cultivating and perpetuating storytelling as both an art form and as a means of cultural preservation.